News Release
July 17, 2020
Bret Crow, 614-728-9656

Angela Terez

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's unemployment rate was 10.9% in June 2020, down from a revised 13.9% in May. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 208,000 over the month, from a revised 4,825,200 in May to 5,033,200 in June 2020.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 631,000, down 166,000 from 797,000 in May. The number of unemployed has increased by 392,000 in the past 12 months from 239,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.1% in June 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for June was 11.1%, down from 13.3% in May, and up from 3.7% in June 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 208,000 over the month, from a revised 4,825,200 in May to 5,033,200 in June, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 876,300, increased 29,600 over the month, with gains in manufacturing (+28,900) and construction (+700). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,432,800, increased 165,700 as gains in leisure and hospitality (+82,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+29,300), educational and health services (+27,900), other services (+15,800), professional and business services (+10,800), and information (+300) exceeded losses in financial activities (-700). Government employment, at 724,100, increased 12,700 as gains in local (+10,900) and state (+2,000) government surpassed losses in federal government (-200).

From June 2019 to June 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 554,600. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 63,600. Manufacturing lost 44,300 jobs in durable goods (-42,600) and nondurable goods (-1,700). Construction lost 17,400 jobs, and mining and logging lost 1,900 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 429,000, with losses in leisure and hospitality (-170,800), professional and business services (-83,500), educational and health services (-68,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (-65,200), other services (-20,600), financial activities (-14,700), and information (-5,500). Government employment decreased 62,000, with losses in local (-43,100), state (-18,800), and federal (-100) government.

EDITOR’S NOTE: All data cited are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor. Data sources include the Current Population Survey (U.S. data), Current Employment Statistics Program (nonagricultural wage and salary employment data), and Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (Ohio unemployment rates). More complete listings of the data appear in the monthly Ohio Labor Market Review. Unemployment rates for all Ohio counties, as well as cities with populations of 50,000 or more, are presented in the monthly ODJFS Civilian Labor Force Estimates publication. Updated statewide historical data may be obtained through the OhioLMI app, which is available for free on mobile devices through the App Store or Google Play. Ohioans can access tens of thousands of job openings, for positions ranging from file clerks to CEOs, at

News release dates
A calendar of 2020 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for June 2020 will be posted online at on Tuesday, July 21. July 2020 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, August 21, 2020. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

Choose this link to view the table on the Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation.

Choose this link to view the table on the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.

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